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OID Directors Rescind Action

In a 4-1 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rescinding their action from the Jan. 23 special meeting where they had originally voted to send out a mailer to OID landowners to see about their interest in voluntarily fallowing land in order to make water available for a transfer to the Westlands Water District. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote. To clarify, OID won't send out fliers.

January 29, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City And OID To Study Wastewater Usage

With water becoming more of a valuable resource this dry season, Oakdale city officials are contemplating the idea of finding a way to utilize treated wastewater for irrigation purposes or to possibly recharge the city's eight deep groundwater wells.

January 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Constituents Give Board Earful

A full parking lot and a standing room only crowd that spilled into the hallway of the Oakdale Irrigation District offices was the scene at a special meeting of the OID Board of Directors on Jan. 23. On the agenda was a single closed session item of a potential water sale to the "federal and state export contractors" on the agenda.

January 23, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner Festive, Eventful

More than 200 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 68th Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 17.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Governor's Hit List - Ag Ed Funding At Risk

Agricultural education funding in the state's public schools has been eliminated in California Governor Gerry Brown's recently released 2014-2015 proposed budget.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Flu Season - Health Officials Urge Prevention Measures

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Talks Water Shortage Plan

The Oakdale Irrigation District's policy on dealing with surface water shortage was the discussion topic at the Jan. 21 Board of Directors regular meeting.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Leaders, Direction For Tourism Board

In what's being described as a "newly refurbished" Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau, recently appointed Chairman Keith Boggs has set course to give the group more effectiveness in bringing tourism to the city and the community more involvement in the direction it will take.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrests Made In Walnut Heist

San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials have announced that they made a pair of arrests in the case regarding the $400,000 theft of walnuts from GoldRiver Orchards that occurred last October.

January 22, 2014 | | Local News


San Joaquin, Stanislaus Counties Eligible For Disaster Aid

Small, nonfarm businesses in 35 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona and Nevada are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

January 20, 2014 | | Local News


Health Officials Advise Residents To Be Vigilant Against H1N1

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Receives Subpar Health Report Card

California moved into the top half of the nation with a rank of 23rd and a grade of C- in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians' state-by-state report card on America's emergency care environment ("Report Card"). The state still ranked near the bottom of the country at 42nd with an F in the category of Access to Emergency Care, the same grade it received in 2009. In 2009, California received a D+ and ranked 37th in the nation.

January 16, 2014 | | Local News


Thursday Crash Claims Two

An early afternoon multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale on Thursday, Jan. 9 claimed the lives of two local residents.

January 15, 2014 | and Rich Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Community Helps Care Closet

A last minute call out just before Oakdale High School's Christmas break resulted in the community showing up with donations of food, clothing, and gifts for underprivileged students who are served through the school's Care Closet, just in time for the holidays.

January 15, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wes Stewart: Lifetime Achievement Winner

Decades worth of dedicated community service and generous volunteerism has landed long-time Oakdale resident Wes Stewart the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award.

January 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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